Skip to main content

About this Show

News

News/Business. In-depth coverage of the top stories from around the world. New. (CC) (Stereo)

DURATION
01:01:00

RATING
TV-MA

SCANNED IN
San Francisco, CA, USA

SOURCE
Comcast Cable

TUNER
Channel v107

VIDEO CODEC
mpeg2video

AUDIO CODEC
ac3

PIXEL WIDTH
704

PIXEL HEIGHT
480

TOPIC FREQUENCY

Washington 11, China 10, Us 7, New York 7, U.s. 6, Ntsb 4, Detroit 4, Biden 4, Israel 4, Usc 3, Ravens 3, Amtrak 3, Jessica Taff 3, North Dakota 3, Canada 3, Iran 3, Jonathan Martin 2, John Seigenthaler 2, Joie 2, Asia 2,
Borrow a DVD
of this show
  Al Jazeera America    News    News/Business. In-depth coverage of the top  
   stories from around the world. New. (CC) (Stereo)  

    December 2, 2013
    8:00 - 9:01pm EST  

8:00pm
>> good evening, everyone, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. >> first when i heard about the speed i gulped. it takes your breath away. >> out of control, speed, safety and the survivors' stories tonight. the latest from the deadly train derailment in new york. testing the system. the white house said it finally got most of the bugs out of the healthcare website. hundreds of thousands are now trying out that site. record high for cyber monday online business could not be better. but what does it mean for bricks and mortar stores? and brain busters. we'll go to the world memory champion where record breaking
8:01pm
recall takes memorization to a whole new level. >> we begin with details in sunday's deadly train crash in new york. the stunning finding so far the speed. authorities say commuter train was traveling 50 mph faster than it should have been when it derailed, and there is more. jonathan martin is on the scene. what's the latest? >> reporter: john, we know a piece of key information, you mentioned the speed. but what we don't know is was this a situation where it was operator error? where the conductor was operating this train too quickly, or was there a mechanical mistake? was there an issue with the braking system? an issue on the track? that's something that ntsb wants to know.
8:02pm
but today speed may have caused is derailment, something reported early on by many witnesses and those people on board. investigators with the national transportation safety board say they now know that the commuter train that derailed was going too fast as it approached a curve. >> the preliminary information, and let me emphasize preliminary information from the event recorders shows that the train was traveling 82 mph. as it went into a 30 mph curve. >> reporter: invesinvestigatorsy it's too early to know if speeding was the cause or if it was mechanical error like brakes. >> we don't know if it went to zero pressure because of a valve change. six seconds coming to a stop the throttle had some power setting. >> reporter: emergency crews worked well in the morning using cadaver dogs and divers. all the passengers and crew members had been accounted for. now with the wreckage cleared
8:03pm
away federal officials will continue interviewing crew members and surveillance video to determine what went wrong. many passengers and witnesses reported seeing the train speeding before it left the track. >> it was going fast, and as it hit the curve it went flying. >> people were screaming, calling out to god, crying for their families. it was gruesome. >> four people died and another 60 injured. >> nine patients are here. three have undergone surgery since yesterday. seven are in intensive care unit beds. the other two are on general medical floors. >> the ntsb will be on site for the next seven to ten days and they will get the rail line up and running in the next couple ever days again. ntsb has a lot of work ahead of it. several things they'll be doing, they'll be looking at that surveillance video. it came from a bridge.
8:04pm
the only problem is that video is not very good. they're saying it's a bit grainy. they're sending that video off to get enhanced. they'll interview crew members and the conductor to figure out what they can learn from them. they interviewed them once but they haven't told us what they learned from them because they're waiting to interview everyone. they'll do a little bit of backtracking. before the train derailed here there were nine previous stops. so they'll be going back and looking at those stops. was speed a factor at those stops or was there some mechanical error there? those are some of the things they'll be doing to get to the bottom of what really happened here. >> jonathan martin in the bronx, thank you p. the metro north derailment is just a string of recent rail accidents. just last may a freight exploded in maryland. and also in may another accident on metro north when two trains crashed and derailed in
8:05pm
bridgeport, connecticut. some experts argue that the technology exists and could help prevent deadly accidents like sunday's derailment. jake ward joins us from san francisco with that. jake, what sort of technology are we talking about? >> john, it's called a positive control system. positive train control is where the ntsb i has been pushing for0 years. the combination of gps sensors, sensors in the tracks, control sensors and remote control in the trains to compensate when a driver has been disabled, incapacitated or not paying attention. >> is there any difference between passenger trains and freight trains and the technology that they have? >> well, the difference really has to do with just how incredibly dangerous a train can be depending on what it's carrying. we've seen in new york the dangerous situation where trains are full the people.
8:06pm
but even trains without people on board canner dangerous. in 2005 in south carolina, there was a terrible crash in which a tanker full of chlorine basically atomized in the air and a cloud of this poisonous gas caused the evacuation of 5,400 people and killed seven. in canada we saw in québec the crash in which oil basically spilled, caught on fire and exploded, destroying that town. it's really just a question of what the trains are carrying. the probable is there are $75,000 car loads a year in the united states alone carrying deadly, inhalible toxins. >> if there are more trains in an area there are more chances of an accident, but are there specific areas where there is really high risk for these kinds of crashes? >> yes, there are many--i mean, it's sort of a genius of train travel it can take you right into a city, it solves that last mile problem that you have with
8:07pm
planes and ships. a train, though, because it can arrive in a city there is rail passing right through metropolitan centers including baltimore, the mentioned the fire there. chicago had 13 derailments alone in 2012. you have washington, d.c. where a big and very dangerous chemicals can pass within a mile of the white house. the gulf coast is where most of the nation's chlorine is produced and moved. in las vegas within half a mile are 95,000 people, and there is a train that goes right through there that occasionally carries radioactive waste. >> thank you. now the government said it's healthcare winds is up and running for most people. thousands of customers are testing the system. the affordable care act wins has been plagued by problems since it's october is launch. people looking for insurance coverage only have three weeks to sign up. mike viqueira joins us from the white house with more.
8:08pm
how is the website doing today? >> they say they have a lot of problems fixed, and you're right, john, it's not a moment too soon. october 1st it came out. they had a 6% error rate. that doesn't sound a lot to me. but evidently that is astro notcal, and it is evidenced by the fact that they had six people sign up on the first day on october 1st. it's been a disaster. a catastrophe, a debacle, all the words used by administration officials. but they have that error rate down 1%. not good enough but better than it has been. 800,000 people can log on a in a single day and 50,000 at a time. and they had to go to a queuing system where if you log on, and i tried to do this as did countless others reporters here
8:09pm
in washington. you saw a screen that said wait, here is other information you might need. you can leave us your e-mail, and we'll let you know when it's a better time to call back. officials determine this to be a good thing. they consider it under control. december 23rd, if you're going to sign up for insurance through the online marketplace or other means, in order to have insurance by the deadline or when the affordable care act kicks in on january 1st, you've got to enroll by that time. there is a big question whether or not in a next three weeks the website can handle all that additional traffic, john. >> so let's just talk about whether or not these changes are going to be enough to silence the critics. >> right, well, there are a couple of problems that are south standing. number one is security. personal information of enrolllies. and we've learned a new phrase,
8:10pm
the back end are the insurers. the front end are the insurer signing up for the website. the application is filled out with all the information, how much they're going to pay, tax credits they may be eligible for, but the insurance companies are not getting the correct information. here is white house spokesman jay carney. >> we have instituted a number of fixes to the so-called 834 forms, that's the vehicle by which information is transmitted to the issuers. and we believe that the majority of fixes to 834 forms have been made including significant ones made over the weekend. we expect the info to be vastly improved. we'll continue to work with issuers to make sure whatever remaining problems exist are
8:11pm
addressed and fixed. >> and given all of those problems that still exist, still yet to be fixed the administration officials still say between now and comparing it to october 1st two months ago is night and day. >> mike viqueira at the white house, thank you. young people are crucial if the affordable care program is to work by purchasing coverage younger people will help offset costs of older people who rely on healthcare services. 37% of those questioned say they're unfamiliar with the affordable care act. that's more than any other age drop. group. 72% of all respondents say they're somewhat familiar. tomorrow is decision day for detroit. a federal judge is expected to announce whether the city is eligible for bacy protection. millions of dollars of pensions could be reduced or stripped
8:12pm
away. one detroit man said losing his pension would mean choosing between eating or taking medication. >> after four months the federal judge will rule tuesday on whether detroit is eligible for chapter 9 the b bankruptcy. >> they made it clear before the federal judge that everything from the city's assets like masterpieces at the detroit institute of art to incur debt like retiree pensions may be up for grabs. >> to me that's robbery. >> donald smith one of some 20,000 row tir20,000 retireriese
8:13pm
worried. >> i not asking for anything but what i earned. >> he's concerned his pension check would be stripped away or reduced making hard times even worse. >> there are days i have to make up my mind whether i'm going to eat or not. >> retirees leave that the repension funds which are $3.5 billion in the red are protected by the state constitution. it's an argument they hope the federal judge will understand in his ruling. municipality bankruptcy expert doug bernstein. >> part of the problem, the pot is only so big to go around. >> federal judge rules in favor of chapter nine protection the city's mounting debt and obligations owed to tens ever thousands of creditors would be dramatically reduced. if he rules against ba bankrupt.
8:14pm
>> you'll see creditors grabbing whatever they can get. >> reporter: if w declared bank result, they have until march to get information to the judge. that will set the next phase between the city and it's creditors who are expected to appeal. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, detroit. >> ukraine's president is apologizing for a crackdown on protesters who are defannedding that he step down. thousands remain in the streets of kiev while police beat dozens of demonstrators over the weekend. president yanukovych said police acted excessively. more than a thousand people rallied to increase ties with the european union. they're occupying several government buildings. and in thailand deadly protest
8:15pm
there getting worse. [ gunfire ] >> over one of the opposition leaders is calling on supporters to take over police headquarters tomorrow. world leaders fro are calling fr restraint. the country is divide between hundreds of thousands of people for and get thailand's current regime. ♪ >> meteorologist: arctic air and a soggy storm are coming together around canada and into the pacific northwest for a lot of mountain snow. in fact, minnesota the snow is coming down right now. no accumulations to tell you about, but it's looking good and folks are getting ready--getting practiced. they're certainly practicing crystal mountain, washington, a shot taken before sunset. this is close to mount rainier. a beautiful ski resort here and you can see there is plenty of
8:16pm
snow. in 24 hours we had significant amounts come down. overnight there was nine inches of snow from the storm. snow levels continued to fall during the course of the morning today and in 24 hours we had 15 inches of fresh powder. this is great news. what is not great news for a lot of folks who like to wear shorts the temperatures are falling, too. already 11 degrees cooler at this time than it was last night. same time, and we dropped 10 degrees for boise. now the air that is coming in, coming up from canada, and this is well below zero by at least ten degreeser degrees. degrees. coming up we'll show you what is going to come up to the u.s. and how far south it will go. >> it's legal to say "i do" in hawai'i. hawai'i has been wrangling with the issue of same sex marriage for years. it will will take affect in six
8:17pm
months. cybersurge, why today's shopping frenzy is vital to the economy. what iran is telling al jazeera about its nuclear deal. >> what are you talking about, he's dead. >> an exclusive investigation into prison health care.
8:18pm
>> evey sunday night, join us for exclusive, revealing, and suprizing talks with the most interesting people of our time. this sunday, >> i spent my whole life thinking about themes and thinking about how to structure movies, so this is highly unusual. >> the director of the sixth sense, says there are five things we can do to fix education in america >> the united states has education apartheid, that's the facts... >> talk to al jazeera with m. night shayamalan sunday at 7et / 4pt on al jazeera america
8:19pm
>> anest natean estimated 131 mn americans have gone online and spent big bucks. sales could top $2 billion. that would be a cyberrecord and 20% more than a year ago. online growth has been bigger than growth at bricks and mortar stores. and david strawser said it's been an especially hard year for retailers. >> the low-and middle-class has been tough this year.
8:20pm
the housing sector has done well. home depot and lowes has done well. the rest of retail has really struggled. >> joining us is stephanie humphrey tech lifestyle writer for" efor eboni.com. welcome. >> thank you for having me. >> so how does this change over time? >> i don't think it's going to happen any time soon, either. i think what you're going to see is more of that technology integration kind of into the overall shopping experience. >> can bricks and mortar stores do anything to turn the trend around? or not? >> they'll have to do a whole lot of price matching. what you're finding is folks going into the stores with their smooth phones, apps. their scanning bar codes and finding out where these retai
8:21pm
retailers are doing. and when your customer says, i found this online so dollars cheaper, they'll have to meet that price. >> you know, online growth may be huge today, but there are present of people inside--there are plenty of people inside the stores. are they just not buying? are they just looking? >> they're show rooming. they're scanning those bar codes and checking out prices and looking for coupons that they may have that they can use somewhere else. they're being savvier can online shopping. they're going online so a lot of that foot traffic is not translating into sales. >> is that what we end up, a bunch of showrooms but not stores? >> maybe. you don't know. i mean you have online retailers that are delivering things overnight. they're making it so you can
8:22pm
pick things up in stores. i think that's what you're going to see a lot. warehouse where is you order things alone line and just go pick them up in the store. and they're going to have to get very creative with the way they discount items versus the way you can get things online. because you're getting great deals online for cyber monday. there were deals all weekend long. black friday was not as big of a deal as i think folks were hoping it would be. brick and mortar stores will not go away completely, but they'll have to be very creative to keep shoppers. >> i know over previous years it's been large as well. what can we expect moving forward. >> more convenience. you're going to be doing more of this shopping, finding discounts, getting better deals, sitting in the comfort of your home warm and cosy, not standing outside at 6:00 a.m. to get the same sort of deal you wouldn't
8:23pm
get if you didn't leave your house in the first place. you're going to find the shopping experience will be a lot easier. the prices will continue to fall as retailers sort of compete for that dollar. and you're going to have that mobile application that is going to pretty much solve all your shopping problems. >> do you think the media has had an influence on black friday and cybermonday? >> all i saw on television this weekend around black friday was how negative everything was. how people were getting into fights at stores, here in philadelphia somebody got tased at the mall. i think that's really kind of put a damper on the thrilled of getting that deal early. also there were th the protests from the workers who had to leave their homes on thanksgiving night. i think there was a backlash against those things and folks decided to stay home and get it done online. >> you can understand some of those pictures. thank you for joining us.
8:24pm
>> thanks. ♪ >> jessica taff is here with sports and a little controversy on the west coast. >> reporter: yes, when someone is passed over for a job that happens. usc hopes they can turn the program around like did he for the huskies when he took over in 2009. it was a task that oj eron thought he would get in september. meanwhile, it may have cost the redskins their game again the giants. a drive that was failed to stop play. there was confusion as to what down was. the refs signaled third down but it was changed as if it was first, and it is to the point
8:25pm
where the nets injuries report more injured than on their active starter. that's your sports headlines at this hour, i'm jessica. >> thank you very much. diplomatic turbulence. vice president joe biden's trip to asia and talks with japan and china over disputed air space. and what needs to be done with our rail system following another deadly derailment.
8:26pm
8:27pm
>> back to al jazeera. i'm john seigenthaler. here are our top stories. 131 million americans are expected to spend $2 billion by the end of cyber monday. that'that would be a record. online sales are up with web retailers reporting more sales growth than traditional brick and mortar stores.
8:28pm
and the white house said hundreds of thousands of americans were trying out the website today. extreme speed is one factor in a train crash in new york. four people died and several injured. joining with us, former secretary transportation under president bush. and mr. secretary, it's good to see you. >> john, it's good to be with you, thanks. what needs to be done to the infrastructure in this country when it tomorrows to passenger trains? >> well, right now i think there is a big difference between the amount of money that's available and the amount of money that is necessary for two things.
8:29pm
one is the deferred maintenance and the other is modern indication. unfortunately we have too many people in congress right now saying don't spend money. the problem is they can't make the distinction between spending money that is an investment, and spending money that is consumption. and in the case of transportation infrastructure, we're falling behind our economic competitors. >> how do we compare? how does the u.s. compare? >> we have new high rail system. china is undergoing a program of building 17,000 miles of high speed rail. so my problem is this, and president obama has been very good about pushing for high speed rail. i believe he allocated some $50 billion in his budget, but
8:30pm
none of it has been expended yet because we really don't have a plan for a high speed rail system except for the one in california. so it's segments that we will of high speed rail, but we won't have a coordinated planned national high speed rail system. >> do thest coast-run trains from boston to washington, d.c. and often what you hear from congress is well, amtrak is losing money. well, amtrak has an operation does lose money. but when you separate answered kind of train operation into two factors, the transfer cost and operating costs. and that's how other countries
8:31pm
treat their brain systems. in japan and france, they have operating companies that make money on their train system. but the capital investment is made by their governments. so the train operating companies are now bearing those costs. here we're expecting amtrak to bear both operating as well as capital costs, and it does require a lot of subsidy to them. >> at some point are we sometimes forgetting the benefit these trains have on certain communities where they are? >> oh, absolutely. the problem is with deferred maintenance going on, then you have problems like we've experienced in metro north or the original--not the original, but a major accident that kicked off this whole interest about positive train control, and that was the one in chatsworth,
8:32pm
california, in about 2006-7. in any event there is a system where the law is now saying that they want a positive train control where the rails keep pushing that schedule to the right. they hope that they will not allow those delays to occur. >> would it be better for freight trains than it is for passenger trains? >> well, the rail system is very well equipped and does well on its own. amtrak, of course, does not have its own rail system. it runs on the tracks owned by the rail, freight rail system.
8:33pm
so freight rail maintains its tracks to 79 mph, and amtrak wants to up it to 135 mph. so they pay that extra amount to the freight rails to get the tracks in condition to be able to have their trains russia runa higher speed. >> we appreciate your insight. thank you very much. >> thanks, good to be with you. >> well now to iran where that country's foreign minister is offering new insight into the historic deal involving the iranian nuclear program. he said u.s.-led sanctions did not push iran to the negotiating table. the u.s. disagrees. >> hand shakes, smiles, a deal. the international community recently celebrated an agreement to insure iran's nuclear program
8:34pm
stays peaceful. but now the iranian foreign minister tells al jazeera this country struck the deal because it wanted to, not because of u.s.-led economic sanctions. >> sanctions started, the iran--today iran has 19,000 centerfuges. so the net product of sanctions has been about 18,800 centerfuges that has been added to iran's stock of centerfuges. so sanctions have ultimaterly failed. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradic contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues, the impacts on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact, that the sanctions had an enormous impacts, and that was the driving factor in bringing iranians to the negotiating table.
8:35pm
>> many peculiar late that if the deals succeed, washington and iran might negotiate other things. >> the goal is a transitioning governing body. certainly they haven't embraced that as the focus o geneva communique. >> what could be described as a charm offensive. he's visiting other countries, and iran insists they're trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe we, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain this spread of sectarian divide. >> nothing the foreign minister has said is new. but iranian government has said
8:36pm
is new, but it's being studied closely. ross lind jordan, al jazeera, the state department. >> vice president biden is in japan where he's about to begin meetings on the economy and security. both china and japan say they own disputed islands. last no china declared an expanded air zone over the territory. and the u.s. threw two military planes through the zone without notifying the chinese first. let's bring in editor of policy magazine focusing on u.s.-chinese relations. >> thanks for having me. >> what will be on the agenda for the vice president? >> i think the vice president's agenda may have gotten a bit more ambitious. not long ago the state department called on china to
8:37pm
rescind its air defense identification zone. specifically they called on commune to rescind it's procedures which provides a bit of democratic wiggle room. but it's an ambitious call so when vice president biden goes to beijing to meet with chinese leaders he'll have to speak to them about that and sell that proposition. >> what else will be on the agenda, if anything? >> it's important to know that this meeting has been in the works for some time. to some extent it's an effort to make up for president obama's earlier canceled trip to china and to asia, which was planned in october but had to be canceled because of the emanant government shutdown. other issues will be covered. continued recallcy transon the part of north carolina. and the air defense
8:38pm
identification zone is just one item on a big agenda between the world's leading powers. >> what will be the perspective on this. >> they'll say 20 other countries have air defense zones including japan, that japan has repeatedly complained that chinese planes have flown into japan's air defense zone. china's logic is they should be able to have their own. >> why do it now? >> that's a good question. i think the time something not particularly apro poe from the u.s. perspective. i think it comes at a particularly bad time with vice president biden's trip emanant. it gives the vice president opportunity to hear from the different stake holders in this, korea, japan, and china, and to gain a sense of where there
8:39pm
might be potential misunderstandings that could lead to conflict. >> the vice president and the president of china have a history, don't they? >> yes, they do. you know, vice president biden was dispatched to court the chinese president before he ascended to chinese presidency. they've interacted over a period of 20 hours since 2011. so there is some pre-existing relationship. but of course at the end of the day both of them are going to represent their country's interest as vigorously as they can. >> david in washington. it's good to see you. thank you very much. >> good to see you, thanks. >> several dozen activists including one american boarded fishing boats in the gaza strip to protest israel's restrictions in the fishing in the mediterranean sea. israel has long imposed a land and sea blockade on the
8:40pm
palestinian territory for what they say are security reasons. they say imports are monitored to prevent dangerous items from entering the occupied territory. nick schrifin has more. >> israeli warships block everything going in and going out. gaza say that strangles their economy. fishermen and activist challenge the blockade by heading straight to the israeli ships. they are aware of the risks. >> we are just armed with international law. we can stand in front of them saying this is our sea, our land, our sky.
8:41pm
you shouldn't be here. >> reporter: by challenging the blockade israel may stop them or attack them. with two-thirds of gaza living on less than $2 a day these people feel they have nothing to lose. for israel the block said is about israel. missiles are fired into gaza. iin an why raw sewage runs in te streets, power cuts 12 hours a day, they say the block cases increase their suffering. there is a saying in each bag of cement there are more than 45 jobs. but the blockade says a construction project like this has ground to a halt, and this has made economic conditions more miserable. >> they are owed a new house. his was bulldozed by the israelis in 2004.
8:42pm
but because of the blockade he is a nomad still without a permanent home. >> because of this, i he says, my children are failing out of school. >> i thought i would stay for a week, a few weeks, and three years later here i am. >> american joe struggles up close. he does not blame them for being angry. >> under these circumstances i don't think there is very much that anyone can reasonably be expected to do other than resi resist. >> if conditions continue to get worse the anger could erupt. >> it is a very destructive element. >> in the end the fishermen decided not to risk the warships. they stopped a half mile short but they promised to keep challenging the blockade because they said they cannot keep
8:43pm
living like this. >> we're 15 minutes away from "america tonight." hello, joie. >> we're going do have a look at private advertised prison healthcare. tonight we'll look at the stories of two families in our two-part series. both have been left traumatized by the healthcare system in arizona's corrections. the consequences may not be what taxpayers have come to expect. >> people die in prisons. i receive a lot of handwritten notes from prisoners. i receive e-mails from prison families with allegations of crazy behavior. you call the prison up, and they usually have a reasonable explanation for it. >> we have a two-part exclusive
8:44pm
series. >> we'll see you then, joie, thank you very much. after a memorable weekend with the ncaa ranks today was a very big news day in the football world. jessica taff has those stories coming up in sports. do you think you have a good memory welcome can you memorize cards in a correct order? we'll meet people who can. revolutionary. our revolution is just going back to doing the best in journalism. >> this is the place to go watch high quality journalism, period.
8:45pm
8:46pm
>> from our headquarters in new york, here are the headlines this hour. >> al jazeera america is the only news channel that brings you live news at the top of every hour. >> a deal in the senate may be at hand and just in the nick of time. >> thousands of new yorkers are marching in solidarity. >> we're following multiple developments on syria at this hour. >> every hour from reporters stationed around the world and across the country. >> only on al jazeera america. >> it is a competitive sport. exercising the muscle of the brain. more than 100 people from around the world has been competing in the world memory championships in england these past three
8:47pm
days. but you don't have to have a genius or genius i.q. to compete. you just have to remember. >> there are people in this room who can memorize the order of 20 packs of playing cards. recall more than 300 random spoken numbers and remember a sequence of binary numbers more than 4,000 digits long. it seems unbelievable until you see them do it. >> people think it's very boring, and looking at numbers. but the truth is during the memorization we create a lot of pictures in our minds because then it's more colorful. >> the reigning world champion, and also a smattering of former
8:48pm
champions. germany and china has sent the biggest teams and the philippines is also well respected despite last month's devastating typhoon. what is remarkable not just the feats of concentration being performed in this room but the spread of the scores in recent years. more than 30 countries are represented in this championship, including countries for the first time such as algeria. >> meet algeria's reigning champion, he. >> memory competition versus changed my life, she tells me. this year i've had many new experiences and made many new friends. after three days of intense concentration a new champion is crowned. she only began competing a year ago. i gave him a short number econsequence, 9, 4, 6, 9, 1. what is his system.
8:49pm
>> 9, 4, that's a guy that i know with a lot of hair. and then 6, 2, it's teaching. so i see this guy teaching, and 5, 1, it's skulls. so he's teaching skulls. >> and what is your maximum. >> i managed 2,280. >> 2,280? >> yes. >> wow. >> you just focus on one image at a time it doesn't feel like so much work when you're doing it. >> there really is only one thing to remember, practice, practice, practice. al jazeera. ♪ >> jessica taff is here with sports and a bit of hurt feelings. >> i think little things are going on at usc for a lot of reasons. the big splash usc was hoping to
8:50pm
make in announcing their new head football coach sounded more like a bloop with news that sarkesian landed the spot. he was an assistant there for seven years. as for ojeron he bolted after being passed over for the job that he felt he had earned. he had gone 6 and 2 after taking over for coach kiffin who was fired in october. the 78th annual iron bowl had an ending that no football fan will ever perfect. now that things are calmed down a bit, they met with media about that game and a look at the sec championship game. >> i don't think that i've ever been a part of a sequence with that much on the line in that big of a game. but just very proud of our team
8:51pm
to rise to the occasion. coming up big defensively. come up big offensively. and come up big special teams. sign of a good team. the key this week will be how we handle success, and that's great and all that, but we have got to move on. we got to pull all our energy to the tigers, the top five team, and we'll pat ourselves on the back after that game. >> speaking of coaches who don't want to look ahead. urban meyer with the longest winning streak, 24 and 0 in his two-year tenure at the ohio state university. but the question is will the champion unfairly jump the buckeyes in the standings. >> i'll have a comment on sunday. we play a game. for someone to ask about something after this game, that's cheating my football team p and there will be no conversation about what happens after this game until after the game.
8:52pm
>> reporter: all right then. we'll move to the nfl. the giants and redskins played a classic nfc match up. the giants up seven late in the fourth quarter. in a critical second and five, the pass may have been a five yarder, jeff triplet and his crew never called the chain gang out to measure and the redskins subsequently missed their opportunity effectively ending the game for washington, and just as effectively anchoring coach shanahan, and they're going to be demoted for the error. but the stir it has created will last longer. it shines another negative light on the nfl referee crews. john fox is back with his team. he missed the last four games after having heart surgery. the broncos went three and one in his absence, but they're back to have him back after his
8:53pm
absence. today he talks about his condition and his team. >> i'm glad to be back. as i said thursday, there is a lot to be thankful for, great fans, great organization, really everyone in this building did a tremendous job. anything kind of business you have a suggestion plan. our guys snapped in it, tremendous job really all the coaches, all the players, all the staff, they went about business as usual. a great job and a tough third quarter of our season. it's a tribute to all the heard work that went in, and i'm very proud and excited about moving forward. >> reporter: speaking of denver broncos, we'll talk about the bronco's standing in the afc and how important its for home field advantage for payton manning. >> i truly believe the road to
8:54pm
the super bowl will have to go through mile high denver. we saw peyton manning play in new england. it was not a great site. peyton manning has been remarkable, 41 touchdown passes. he wants that home room advantage without the playoffs. by beating kansas city twice and continuing to win. they have one tough match up against tennessee. they're pretty good at the pass, but the broncos get their coach back this week. john fox is healthy. he'll be back on the sidelines with the denver broncos. that's good news for them. >> you just made tony happy with all that news. ho do you see in that sixth and final playoff spot. >> the baltimore ravens hold that spot. they're six and six nothing to write home about. but the next three opponents are top division opponents. you have detroit, new england and cincinnati. so big cou coup for the ravens s
8:55pm
well. the ravens need to win out to keep that sixth spot. two teams on their coattails, miami dolphins. they are two difficult games as well. and then tennessee, their record is five and seven, and the remaining games they have not as difficult. the least difficult schedule out of the three remaining. i do believe--i want to say miami dolphins because i'm from the 305, but i believe the baltimore ravens seal that deal and sticks with the sixth spot. >> all right, we've got football, football, football going on. >> thanks very much. back with the weather after this. >> what are you talking about, he's dead. >> an exclusive investigation into prison health care.
8:56pm
>> and now a techknow minute...
8:57pm
>> cold, arctic air is blasting into the u.s. and tonight our wind gust versus been picking up up to 23 mph gusts for billings. but even in san francisco wind gusts are building up to 40 mph. the strongest gusts are in southern idaho northern nevada. and we're only going to have
8:58pm
those powerful gusts 50 to 60 mph pushed down now towards even wyoming down to new mexico. it's going to be blustery and that will bring in cold wind. it's picking up pushing that cold air from washington state into parts of montana, and even tomorrow in north dakota. we're expecting to get potential blizzard conditions. because of that air, the cold whether, a lot of snow and wind, you won't be able to see. typical blizzard conditions. we expect this into north dakota over the canadian border, but the snow stretches all the way to the peninsula of michigan. the snow, you can see it as it pushes through parts of idaho. look at the satellite and radar for washington. you can see a counterclockwise spin starting to come down. light snow for bellingham.
8:59pm
wind gusts building up to 40 mph. wind chills dropping down to 25 degrees. it's freezing up here. it is never in the low 30s for a high temperature for western washington in early december. it's just 20 to 30 degrees below normal. well, that's what's going to happen, below normal 20 to 30 degrees as that light snow is coming down. we're not worried about the seahawk game for seattle. you may see snow in the air but you won't get much by way of accumulation unless you're in high elevation, well, not that high, 500 feet you could see snow. we expect slippery all along the passes. that cold air as it passes down in north dakota and the midwest it will be met up with warmer air causing stormy weather for the midwest.
9:00pm
>> welcome to al jazeera america billion i'm john siegenthaler in new york. extreme speed was one factor in deadly crash in new yor new yor. four people died, dozens of others were injured. the obama administration says after weeks of problems the healthcare.org website is finally fixed. an estimated 131 million americans will have spent about $2 billion by the end of this cybermonday. that would be a record day for thisdi